ally, that the word ally is a, quote, legal term of art. >> who knew? >> shep: ed henry is at the white house. is this mixed mentales or what is it. >> a little bit because just yesterday the president did that 60 minutes interview and said that his republican rival, mitt romney, shoots first and aims later. in this case, the president suggested egypt is not an ally. you mentioned what jay carney said, to confuse matters more. it turns out if you check u.s. law dating back to the 1980s, in in fact, egypt and other nation, a handful, are labeled specifically allies, which gives them special status and that's why it made it even more confusing at the state department when the spokeswoman was pressed on it and said yes, egypt is an ally. take a listen. >> i'm going to refer you to the white house. >> you're saying the administration, still regards egypt adds a nonnato ally and still a recipient of all the privileges that that entails?